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The New Men in Black Doesn’t Have Will Smith, but Aladdin Does

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No, that’s not a mistake. We’ve been given a peek into two new movies this week, and I’m giving one of them a major side eye.

First we got a peek at Will Smith as the Genie, and honestly, I don’t hate it. It’s getting a fair bit of criticism, but I do really think this can be a good move. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Guy Ritchie explained how much of a challenge he faced when deciding who would play the Genie, because of Robin Williams’ iconic performance in the 1992 animated Disney film. He considered how Williams made the Genie so memorable by just injecting his own flair.

“The great thing about the role of the Genie is that it’s essentially a hyperbole for who that individual actor is, so it’s a wonderful platform and tapestry for an actor to fill his boots on,” Said Ritchie.

So when thinking of an actor who could overplay a version of himself, Will Smith seemed a natural choice. Smith himself said “I started to feel confident that I could deliver something that was an homage to Robin Williams but was musically different. Just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete.”

I like this. I like Will Smith (even when he’s in some real clunkers like Bright). I like that it’s a well thought out choice and if done well, Smith can really deliver something iconic in his own way. If he can stick with hyperbole and avoid caricature, I think it can really work.

Honestly, as long as it’s not Wild Wild West, I’ll probably be pleased.

Now in comes Men in Black International. This I am significantly less optimistic about. Watch the trailer here if you haven’t seen it already.

It’s definitely got some positive elements – Emma Thompson for one, looks incredible. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson have good chemistry, as we saw in Thor: Ragnarok. Liam Neeson is always a treat. Some of the aliens are returning from the original series, and the new aliens look absolutely charming.

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My biggest concern is that for a movie spin off of a franchise made successful by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, those two are conspicuously absent from the roster. I’m not saying it can’t work, I’m just saying I have my doubts.

Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of faith in Chris Hemsworth’s ability to improve on a reboot either, as made painfully obvious in the 2016 re-imagining of the Ghostbusters franchise.

I’m also wary of the CGI elements, because I’m seeing roughly 200% more flying vehicles than I’m comfortable with. Of course a movie about aliens will require some CGI, but the original film franchise leaned heavily on practical effects as well, which I’m just not seeing in this trailer. Overly fake looking movies typically have a short trip into the reject pile and for good reason.

It’s obvious that this is hoped to be the first of several new Men in Black Movies, so let’s hope that this spin off franchise stacks up to the original.

All in all, I’m feeling a lot more optimistic about movies with Will Smith in them than those without. This may not only be a direct testament to Smith himself, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

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Kayla Milam is a Comedy and Nerd Freelance writer. Her specialties include playing video games, eating all her kid's Halloween candy, and killing house plants. She lives in California with her husband, 3-year-old son, dog, and pet praying mantis. Check out her blog at Goodlordthatsfunny.com.

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I would argue that Chris was the best part of the Ghostbusters reboot.
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This new MIB has the benefit of being inclusive to London and, to an degree, a more global fan base. We can see the over seas success of Multiple movies that do terrible in the US. The Rock himself is responsible for half of that market alone!

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Deadpool & Wolverine | Official Teaser

The irresponsible hero Deadpool will change the history of the MCU with Wolverine!?

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Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

Release Date:

July 26, 2024

Director:

Shawn Levy

Cast:

Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Morena Baccarin

Plot Summary:

The irresponsible hero Deadpool will change the history of the MCU with Wolverine!?

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Snow White Will Be The Worst Live Action Disney Remake: Here’s Why

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It’s no surprise that Disney’s latest foray in the live-action space has come to remaking the animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Admittedly, the remakes are not inherently bad but this latest Marc Webb project may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Many of the remakes have been criticized for lacking the magic and charm of their animated counterparts. That may be true in some cases but Snow White seems like a remake to take the cake for that and the film hasn’t even been released. 

Not only does it seem that the film is going against the grain of what made the 1937 film so memorable, it decided to delay its release to 2025, which is usually not a good sign. 

Snow White isn’t a love story anymore

Rachel Zegler as Snow White

Rachel Zegler as Snow White

According to lead actress Rachel Zegler’s comments, “People are making these jokes about ours being the PC Snow White, where it’s like, yeah, it is—because it needed that. It’s an 86-year-old cartoon, and our version is a refreshing story about a young woman who has a function beyond “Someday My Prince Will Come“.

 

Having a character go beyond a love story is perfectly fine, but when filmmakers are remaking a classic tale that was largely based around the idea of romance and a strong love story, not making romance the focus of said remake will only lead to undercut what the 1937 film achieved. 

 

Zegler herself

Zegler

Zegler

It may not be Zegler’s fault that she was cast and is a larger problem that relies on Disney but the fact that the Mouse House cast a Columbian instead of a white actress when the movie is called “Snow White”, not “Off White”. 

 

Destroying the fabric and race of who Snow White is supposed to be almost makes it an insult to the character. She’s a great actress but this was not the vehicle for her.

 

Cast comments and director silence

Director Marc Webb

Director Marc Webb

Zegler has not done herself any favors by practically spitting on the legacy of the 1937 film and she and the filmmakers have decided to not only make a love story but also add (mostly) CGI dwarves instead of real actors. 

 

Moreover, director Marc Webb of “The Amazing Spider-Man” duology has been radio silent about the movie and apparently has been tapped to direct a Bermuda Triangle movie. That’s all probably because he knows that “Snow White” is going to suck. 

 

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Disney’s Latest Star “Wish”

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Ariana DeBose as Asha in Wish (Disney)

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Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Wish” is an all-new musical-comedy welcoming audiences to the magical kingdom of Rosas, where Asha, a sharp-witted idealist, makes a wish so powerful that it is answered by a cosmic force—a little ball of boundless energy called Star. Together, Asha and Star confront a most formidable foe—the ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico—to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen.

Ariana Debose as Asha in Wish (Disney)

Movie Review (no spoilers)

The film is inspired by Disney’s centennial, which ties together a central theme across most of the Disney-related stories — of wishes and dreams coming true. One can view it as the origin story for the wishing star, albeit a funny star. Disney delivers a feel good story filled with humor and the occasional teases and links to other Disney-related works. Ariana DeBose braces the big screen as the hero, Asha who discovers a sinister secret about King Magnifico and his use of the wishes.

Ariana’s performance performance is amazing and I enjoyed listening to the songs she performed. I foresee “This Wish” topping the charts at Spotify soon.

This Wish by Ariana DeBose (Spotify)

Chris Pine plays the part of King Magnifico and delivers a good performance as the villain. We hear him sing a song alongside Ariana, At All Costs.

At All Costs by Chris Pine & Ariana DeBose (Spotify)

The story delivers the usual fun characters that Disney brings along in all stories, amazing graphics of a magical world, and an amazing song library for everyone to listen to. This movie is excellent for young and old, delivering a feel-good movie for all. Wish is yet another treasure in the world of Disney.

I’m really excited for the next 100 years of Disney magic. The movie Wish has the potential to become a sequel, or even provide potential spin-offs exploring the wishes and dreams of others in the magical Disney Universe.

My wish is for more many more years of movie magic from Disney. What is yours?

My rating is a 4 out of 5 for Disney’s Wish. Watch at a cinema near you and join in the Disney centennial celebrations!

Wish Official Trailer (Disney)

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